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It is from Crash Course US history. It at 1 minute and 12 second. Here is the context:

Now, both parties realized that it was important to coordinate their electoral strategy to make sure the vice presedential candidate got at least one fewer electoral votes than the presidential candidate.

Would it mean the same if the host said ...candidate got at least one electoral vote fewer than...? What confuses me is the use of the word vote in its plural form.

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If you have ten dollars and give two of them away, you have two fewer dollars or two dollars fewer than you had before.

If you give only one of them away, you have one fewer dollars or one dollar fewer than you had before.

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  • If someone gave a dollar, would it be correct to say "now I have one dollar more than him"? Oct 5, 2018 at 11:27
  • If you are given a dollar, you now have one dollar more than you had previously. The person who gave it to you has one dollar less than he or she had previously but still may have more money than you do, so you might not have "one dollar more than him".
    – TimR
    Oct 5, 2018 at 11:39
  • @Dmytro O'Hope And if you were asking about the objective case him (and not trying to trick me with a money question) then you should know that nominative he would be hyper-correct. Overwhelmingly native speakers use him there (...more than him), although you might find some prescriptive grammars saying that him is incorrect and that it should be more than he (has).
    – TimR
    Oct 5, 2018 at 15:00
  • I am a bit confused. After a supposed guy give me a dollar he now has one dollar less or fewer? I thought "less" is used for uncountable nouns. Or I am wrong. Oct 5, 2018 at 16:44
  • @Dmytro O'Hope fewer is used with countable nouns. There were fewer people in the audience tonight than last night and less is used with amounts. He would like less porridge. But dollars can be understood either way, as an amount (I have one dollar less in the bank after buying that candy bar) or as the countable piece of paper currency (I have one fewer dollars in my wallet after giving one to Dmytro so he could buy a candy bar). But few native speakers would use fewer there; most would say I have one less dollar in my wallet.
    – TimR
    Oct 5, 2018 at 17:58
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One fewer here is a relative amount of countable things (= how many relatively to some other number), votes here. Here's a page with glossary from the book: One More, One Less by April Barth (see 'one less having an amount that is one fewer'):

https://books.google.ru/books/content?id=cQ38yreHExAC&pg=PA16&img=1&zoom=3&hl=en&sig=ACfU3U1ZwJB5HGklUSIq6aLay8IcnpCcQw&w=1280

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